first_imgSUNDERLAND (4-1-4-1)PANTILIMON,YEDLIN, O’SHEA, KABOUL, JONES,M’VILA,LARSSON, CATTERMOLE, GOMEZ, BORINI,FLETCHERNEWCASTLE (4-4-2)MITROVIC, PEREZ,WIJNALDUM, TIOTE, COLBACK, SISSOKO,DUMMETT, COLOCCINI, MBEMBA, JANMAAT,ELLIOTThe much-awaited first north-east derby takes place at Sunderland, where new manager Sam Allardyce makes his bow. Newcastle United arrive in slightly better shape following their stunning 6-2 win over Norwich last Sunday, the highest-scoring game in the Barclays Premier League so far.Sunderland are still bottom, while Newcastle are in 18th place. The home side go into the game still without a win; it is only the third time in their top-flight history that they have failed to win in their opening nine games. If they fail again, it will be their worst start since the 1976-77 season, when they went 10 without a win.Newcastle will be boosted by scoring six goals in a Premier League game for the first time since August 2010 against Aston Villa.Newcastle’s star man against Norwich was Georginio Wijnaldum, who became only the second man to score four in a Premier League game for Newcastle and first since Alan Shearer (against Sheffield Wednesday, September 1999).last_img read more

Ronaldo, Messi lead Ballon d’Or nominees

first_img0Shares0000Portugal superstar Cristiano Ronaldo is attempting to match Lionel Messi’s record by winning the Ballon d’Or for a fifth time © AFP/File / OLIVIER MORINPARIS, France, Oct 9 – Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Neymar headline an impressive 30-man shortlist unveiled on Monday for the 2017 Ballon d’Or world footballer of the year award.Portugal superstar Ronaldo is attempting to match Lionel Messi’s record by winning the prize for a fifth time after his starring role in Real Madrid’s first La Liga and Champions League double in 59 years. Ronaldo has claimed the prestigious honour in three of the past four years, with Argentina standout Messi last collecting the trophy in 2015 following Barcelona’s treble-winning campaign.The pair have combined to win the award — organised by France Football magazine — every year since former Brazil and AC Milan star Kaka won it in 2007.Ronaldo remains the strong favourite despite still searching for his first league goal in the 2017/18 season after serving a five-match domestic ban following his dismissal in the Spanish Super Cup.Messi has profited from his rival’s absence to spearhead Barcelona’s stunning start to the campaign, scoring 11 goals in the first seven matches while adding two more in Europe.But both players remain in danger of missing the 2018 World Cup.European champions Portugal could be forced to negotiate next month’s play-offs unless they defeat Group B leaders Switzerland in their final qualifier on Tuesday.Two-time World Cup winners Argentina are outside the top five in South American qualifying ahead of a tricky trip to Ecuador in their last match, although victory would at the least put them into a two-legged play-off against New Zealand.Brazilian forward Neymar moved to Paris Saint-Germain in August for a world-record 222 million euros ($264 million) to step out of Messi’s shadow at Barcelona.The 25-year-old has enjoyed a seamless transition to French football with a return of eight goals in as many games as PSG look to upset European football’s established order.Real account for seven of the nominees with Ronaldo joined by Sergio Ramos, Marcelo, Toni Kroos, Luka Modric, Isco and Karim Benzema.PSG are the second best represented club with three players — Neymar, Edinson Cavani and Kylian Mbappe, who is set to seal a 180-million-euro move next summer after arriving on a season-long loan from Monaco.Harry Kane, one of 12 players nominated for the first time, is the lone Englishman on the shortlist, but there are seven Premier League nominees in total as Chelsea duo N’Golo Kante and Eden Hazard were recognised for their contribution to last season’s title-winning campaign.Liverpool strikers Sadio Mane and Philippe Coutinho are also included along with Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea and Manchester City midfielder Kevin De Bruyne.Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud, Venezuela Women’s forward Deyna Castellanos and goalkeeper Oscarine Masuluke of South African outfit Baroka are the three finalists for the Puskas Award — a FIFA accolade for the “most beautiful goal” of the season.NomineesNeymar (Paris SG/BRA), Luka Modric (Real Madrid/CRO), Paulo Dybala (Juventus/ARG), Marcelo (Real Madrid/BRA), N’Golo Kante (Chelsea/FRA), Luis Suarez (Barcelona/URU), Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid/ESP), Jan Oblak (Atletico Madrid/SLO), Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool/BRA), Dries Mertens (Napoli/BEL), Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City/BEL), Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich/POL), David De Gea (Manchester United/ESP), Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur/ENG), Edin Dzeko (Roma/BIH), Antoine Griezmann (Atletico Madrid/FRA), Toni Kroos (Real Madrid/GER), Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus/ITA), Sadio Mane (Liverpool/SEN), Radamel Falcao (Monaco/COL), Lionel Messi (Barcelona/ARG), Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Borussia Dortmund/GAB), Edinson Cavani (Paris SG/URU), Mats Hummels (Bayern Munich/GER), Karim Benzema (Real Madrid/FRA), Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid/POR), Eden Hazard (Chelsea/BEL), Leonardo Bonucci (AC Milan/ITA), Isco (Real Madrid/ESP), Kylian Mbappe (Paris SG/FRA)0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Big stars push box office up

first_imgHOLLYWOOD: “American Gangster” and “Bee Movie” took over movie houses across nation. By David Germain The Associated Press A heroin pusher and a honey bee put some sting back into the movie business. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre Denzel Washington and Russell Crowe’s bloody crime saga “American Gangster” took in $46.3 million to lead the weekend box office, with Jerry Seinfeld’s family cartoon “Bee Movie” following with $39.1 million. Together, the movies revitalized Hollywood’s listless autumn. “It took three of the biggest stars in the world to get the box office back on track, and they did it in high style with two totally different kinds of movies,” said Paul Dergarabedian, president of box-office tracker Media By Numbers. “You had an R-rated movie and a PG-rated movie bringing in a really diverse audience.” After six-straight weekends of declining revenues, overall business rose, with the top-12 movies taking in $127.2 million, up 12 percent from the same weekend last year, when “Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan” was No. 1 with $26.5 million. Universal’s “American Gangster,” directed by Ridley Scott and starring Washington as 1970s Harlem drug lord Frank Lucas and Crowe as a Jersey cop on his trail, rode a wave of acclaim and Academy Awards buzz to top of the box office. Audiences had been relatively disinterested this fall in serious R-rated films aimed at adults. Many of those earlier movies were box office underachievers despite critical praise, but “American Gangster” landed with both good reviews and packed theaters. Washington is known for heroic roles, yet as he did with his Oscar-winning turn as a bad cop in “Training Day,” he imbues Lucas with charm even as the man carries out savage deeds. “American Gangster” was the biggest opening ever for the film’s two stars. Crowe’s previous best was $34.8 million for “Gladiator,” also directed by Scott, while Washington’s was $29million for “Inside Man.” DreamWorks and Paramount’s “Bee Movie” features Seinfeld in his first big project since his TV show went off the air nine years ago. Co-written by Seinfeld, the movie has him providing the voice of a bee who sues humanity for stealing his species’ hard-earned commodity – honey. “Bee Movie” owned the family crowd, and studio executives said they expect the movie to hold up well through the holidays. It does face competition this weekend with Friday’s debut of the Warner Bros. holiday comedy “Fred Claus,” starring Vince Vaughn as Santa’s black-sheep brother and Paul Giamatti as St. Nick. “We look forward to seeing how it plays out, but it really looks like there’s some strong playing time ahead for both movies,” said Anne Globe, head of marketing for DreamWorks. The weekend’s other new wide release – New Line Cinema’s “Martian Child,” starring John Cusack as a widower adopting a troubled boy who thinks he’s from Mars – opened weakly with $3.65 million, finishing at No. 7. Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to Media By Numbers LLC. Final figures will be released today. 1. “American Gangster,” $46.3 million. 2. “Bee Movie,” $39.1 million. 3. “Saw IV,” $11 million. 4. “Dan in Real Life,” $8.1 million. 5. “30 Days of Night,” $4 million. 6. “The Game Plan,” $3.85 million. 7. “Martian Child,” $3.65 million. 8. “Michael Clayton,” $2.9 million. 9. “Tyler Perry’s Why Did I Get Married?”, $2.7 million. 10. “Gone Baby Gone,” $2.4 million. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more


first_imgThe Tullaghobegley Heritage Walking Weekend is underway in Falcarrach and Gortahork, with this year’s theme focusing on World War I and its connections with the parish of Cloughaneely.It is estimated that as many as 50 men from the parish fought in the War, with at least 24 of those losing their lives and many being buried in Flanders in Belgium.Events got underway last night with a Historical Tour of the area, led by Seosamh O’Ceallaigh. Tonight (Friday), Tommy Francis will give a historical talk on the links between the parish and World War I at An Seanbheairic in Falcarrach at 8.0pm. The four days of activities has developed from the original ‘Turas an tSleibhe’ (Mountain Walk) which is now in its 22nd year and still forms the centrepiece of the weekend, taking place on Sunday, May 3rd. Starting at Mín an Iolair, Gaoth Dobhair, the walk retraces the old pilgrim burial route and finishes at Tullaghobegley graveyard, outside Falcarrach.Buses will depart for Mín an Iolair from the Shamrock in Falcarrach @ 12 noon and from Ostan Loch Altan in Gortahork @ 12.15 and will be available again in the evening.Before that on Saturday, there are two walks – one challenging and one leisurely – so all walkers are catered for. Both will depart from An Seanbheairic at 10.30am.Further details for all events can be found at   GREAT WALKING WEEKEND UNDERWAY IN FALCARRAGH AND GORTAHORK was last modified: May 2nd, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalFalcarraghgortahorkwalking weekendlast_img read more

Man who stole €4K from parked van is jailed

first_imgA Letterkenny man who stole a cash box containing €4,000 from a parked van has been jailed.Gavin Mitchell (40) with addresses at both Meadowbank, Letterkenny and College Park, Letterkenny, entered guilty pleas to stealing the cash and to burgling a local book store. The book shop burglary took place between October 29 and October 30 last year while the cash box theft occurred on June 12 this year at Glencar Shopping Centre.Garda English told the court that they received a report from a male who told them that he had gone into the shopping centre and left a passenger in the car.Mitchell had come over to speak to the passenger but had then left. When the passenger left the van to go into the shop too, the defendant had sneaked back and lifted the cash box.Garda English said the offence was captured on CCTV and when arrested, Mitchell had been co-operative.In relation to the burglary of Universal Books on Letterkenny’s Cathedral Lane, Mitchell had broken in and taken €1,000 and an electronic tablet.Solicitor Frank Dorrian said the burglary had taken place “out of desperation”.“He had nowhere to live at the time and was essentially living rough. The opportunity arose and he took it,” the solicitor said.The more serious charge surfaced while Mitchell was at Glencar Shopping Centre, Mr Dorian said.“He was speaking to someone in the passenger seat, they got out to go to the shop and he took the cash box,” the solicitor said.Mr Dorrian said his client was a 40-year-old man who had battled “very strong addiction issues”.“He wants to put this behind him although he knows that the outcome of today’s proceedings are to some extent inevitable,” he said.Judge Paul Kelly enquired as to whether any of the money had been recovered. He was told that it was all gone and that the defendant had no way of getting it back.For the two crimes, Gavin Mitchell, who already had 50 previous convictions, was sent to prison for five months.Man who stole €4K from parked van is jailed was last modified: July 22nd, 2017 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:courtdonegalGAVIN MITCHELLletterkennylast_img read more


first_imgKelly’s Toyota and Letterkenny Rugby club give a “Gift of Time” to local Donegal families through the Jack & Jill Children’s Foundation.Here presenting the money raised to the Jack & Jill Children’s Foundation Terence Gallagher, Captain of Letterkenny Rugby Club’s 1sts Team, Brendan Kelly, Kelly’s Toyota, Port Rd., Letterkenny, Anne Reilly, Paediatric Liaison Nurse with the Jack & Jill Foundation, Charlie Robinson, President of the Letterkenny Rugby Club and Collie Farrell, Letterkenny Rugby Club.On Saturday 14th May last, Letterkenny Rugby Club’s Senior team in association with Kelly’s Toyota pushed a Toyota Yaris from Kelly’s Toyota showroom in Mountcharles to the clubhouse at Dave Gallaher Park, Letterkenny. Their charity car push raised €1465.00 for The Jack & Jill’s Childrens Foundation, a charity that not only supports local families in Donegal with home respite care for sick children but across Ireland.Speaking on behalf of the event organiser Terence Gallagher said “I would like to thank the lads who took part on the day along with myself, Chris Digimis, Shaun Mc Gill, Mark Quigley, Collie Farrell (Coach), Conor & Dermot Dunleavy, Caoimhín Mac Lochlainn, Keelan Kreel, Ronan O Donnell, Micheal Moran, Ciaran & Ciaran O Dowd, Martin & Ryan Mortimer, Sean Morris, Paul Madigan, Micheal Carr & Stephen Devine. They were all fantastic. I would like to thank McGettigan Coaches who drove our lads to Mountcharles and stayed with us until we got back to the clubhouse, giving us support along the way. I would like to thank Letterkenny Rugby Club for their support and to Denise Nolan, the fund raising executive from the Jack & Jill Foundation for partnering with our club for this event. I would also like to thank Grace Ann McGarvey, with her help in promoting the event & getting awareness for our charity”. “We were absolutely delighted with the support that the public along the way gave us, they supported our charity event, they encouraged us and we are just delighted that we did it”. I would personally like to thank Brendan Kelly & his team at Kelly’s Toyota, Mountcharles and Letterkenny, without whom this event could not have been possible. Brendan has been just a fantastic support to the club for many years & nothing is a bother when events like this are put forward.” says Terence.Anne Reilly is a Paediatric Liaison Nurse with the Jack & Jill Foundation who collected the cheque & commented on behalf of the charity “ On behalf of the Jack & Jill Foundation we would like to thank Kelly’s Toyota & Letterkenny Rugby Club, raising over €1465.00 for our charity gives us more than 90 hours of home respite care for families here in Donegal. Our families really really need support and efforts like this from local firms and local clubs means that local families will benefit. The families, little sick babies get specialised care in their own homes allowing Mums & Dads to spend time together and with their other siblings. It’s a gift, a gift of time, thank you to everyone involved, its so greatly appreciated.”KELLY’S TOYOTA AND LETTERKENNY RUGBY CLUB RAISE OVER €1,400 FOR JACK AND JILL FOUNDATION was last modified: June 9th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Bringing home the bacon

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest It’s official: I am in the wedding season of my life. In the past five months, I’ve been to six weddings. I was talking to Bob, the dad at the August wedding. He asked if I was a wedding crasher or how I came to be invited. With the quick wit I don’t have, I explained my friendship with the mother of the groom. With the slow wit I DO have, it popped into my head 10 minutes later that I should have claimed to be a wedding crasher investigating my next story for OCJ on wedding food. The following week, an obsession grew for finding a recipe for the candied bacon chicken appetizer served at that very wedding. A desperate Pinterest and Google search began. The sweet salty bacon — all I can say is yum!Bacon has taken the food world by craze. The Pork Council reports that 62% of restaurants have something bacon on the menu. Recipes, chef shows, novelties, apparel as well as websites are centered around bacon. Bacon tops sandwiches, salads, veggies and even desserts. And who doesn’t love Jim Gaffigan’s skit about bacon? Be sure to check it out on YouTube if you haven’t seen it.Combos of bacon and ingredients you wouldn’t put together are tantalizing taste buds everywhere. Paul makes liquid nitrogen ice cream with the local chemistry class and the kids bring in the fix-ins for the ice cream. To this day Paul says the best ice cream he has ever tasted was a pancake batter ice cream with maple syrup and bacon. The chemistry teacher, Dr. U, explained to me the two flavors (sweet plus salty) create a yummy chemical reaction on your tongue but no one really knows the reason why we think it is so delicious. Dr. U shared an article with me from In this article, they use a star to illustrate how flavors compliment and enhance each other. Sweet (such as honey/brown sugar/maple syrup) and salty (such as bacon) bring out the flavors of each other. No wonder a tad bit of sweetness makes an unforgettable bacon experience.The National Pork Board stats show that the average American eats nearly 18 servings of bacon a year. The big question is what is a serving? Modern healthy diet preaches moderation and bacon can fit that mold with two slices of bacon providing only 73 calories and 6 grams fat. The problem is not many people can stop with two slices. My son Luke can pound down a pound of bacon himself! I’m guessing he is not alone. The huge shrinkage of weight after bacon crisps up makes it easy to indulge in the crispy, salty treat.Good news to Ohio pork producers is that over 50% of Americans report always having bacon on hand in their fridge. In 2015, Ohio ranked 8th in pork production with a commercial inventory of 2.4 million pigs. states 20 pounds of bacon (13%) comes from a 215-pound live hog. So quick calculating tells me that Ohio producers could produce close to 48 million pounds of bacon a year. That is a lot of bacon!This October celebrate the oink by pigging out on bacon. Start your day like Jim Gaffigan, with the “applause” of frying up some bacon. Enjoy lunch by topping off your salad, baked potato or veggies with Gaffigan’s “fairy dust” of bacon, bacon bits. Wrap up the end of your day in bacon too, just make your day a little bit better than it already was.Eat well and Healthy,Shelly Smokey Bacon Mac and Cheese Molly Yeh“if I’m really feeling decadent, I’ll let the dish of mac and cheese cool overnight in the refrigerator, cut it until squares, and then bread it and deep-fry it.” 8 ounces medium shells12 ounces applewood-smoked bacon1/4 cup flour3 cups whole milk6 oz. smoked Gouda cheese, chopped3 oz. pepper jack cheese, chopped1 ounce Parmesan cheese, grated1 1/4 teaspoon sweet paprika1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepperKosher salt and black pepper1/2 cup panko breadcrumbsKetchup, for serving  1. Preheat the oven to 375°F. Grease an 8 x 8-inch baking dish.2. Cook pasta according to the package directions, reducing the cooking time by 1 minute. Drain and set aside.3. In a large pan, cook the bacon until crispy. Chop the bacon and set aside. Pour off all but 1/4 cup of the fat in the pan. Heat it over medium-high heat and add the flour, whisking until combined, and then cook for 1 minute. Add half the milk, whisking continuously until thickened, about 5 minutes and then repeat with the other half of the milk. Add the Gouda, pepper jack, and all but 2 tablespoons of the Parmesan and stir until the cheese melts. Stir in the paprika, cayenne, and salt and black pepper to taste.4. Fold in the shells and bacon and transfer to the greased baking dish. Top with the panko, a pinch of salt, a few turns of pepper, and the reserved 2 tablespoons Parmesan. Bake until the top is browned, about 25 minutes. Cool for 5 minutes and enjoy with ketchup, if desiredTechnique Tip: This recipe uses the fat from the bacon to make a roux that will thicken the sauce.Swap Option: You can swap out the bacon for turkey bacon, pancetta, another type of salty meat, or simply omit it. If you omit the meat, you can substitute butter for the bacon fat in the roux. Jalapeno Popper Wonton Cups Cathy Trochelman  12 wonton wrappers4 oz. cream cheese, softened½ c. sour cream12 oz. bacon, cooked & crumbled1 c. shredded cheddar cheese (reserve 2 Tbsp.)3-4 jalapeños, seeded and chopped  Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray muffin pan with cooking spray.Place one wonton wrapper in each muffin cup; bake 8 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove from oven and cool slightly.In a medium-sized mixing bowl, stir together cream cheese, sour cream, bacon, cheddar cheese, and chopped jalapeños. Save 2 Tbsp. of cheese and bacon.Spoon filling into wonton cups, then sprinkle with reserved bacon and cheese.Return to oven and bake for an additional 8-10 minutes, until wontons are golden brown and cheese is melted. Serves 12 Beer, Bacon & Potato Chip Cookie Bars Cookie Ingredients:3/4 cup unsalted butter, room temperature 3/4 cup dark brown sugar 1/4 cup sugar 1 egg 2 tsp. vanilla extract 2 cups all-purpose flour 1 tsp. baking soda 3/4 cup of chocolate chunks or chips 2 pieces of bacon, chopped 2 tbsp. beer Topping:8.5 oz. caramels (about 27 caramels) 1/4 cup cup beer 3/4 cup potato chips, broken into pieces 1/4 cup pretzels, broken into pieces 2 pieces of bacon, chopped 1/2 cup peanut butter chips 1/2 cup chocolate chips Chocolate drizzle 1/4 cup chocolate chips 2 tsp. milk  Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a 9 x 9 pan with parchment paper or aluminum foil that sticks up above the edges. Grease the paper or foil.Cream butter and sugar together until light and fluffy, about 3-4 minutes. Mix in egg and vanilla extract. With the mixer on low speed, add flour and baking soda.Stir in chocolate chips, bacon and beer. Dough will be thick. Press cookie dough evenly into the bottom of the pan. Bake for 22-25 minutes or until the edges are slightly golden. Remove from oven and allow to cool in the pan.While bars are cooling, melt caramels and beer together in a pan over medium heat. Allow caramel to cook on low for about 5-10 minutes. Pour caramel mixture over cookie bars and spread evenly. Pour potato chips, pretzels, bacon, peanut butter chips and chocolate chips evenly over caramel before it cools and hardens.Microwave chocolate chips for chocolate drizzle and milk in a small bowl in the microwave until the milk begins to boil. Whisk chocolate until smooth Allow chocolate mixture to cool for about 2 minutes, then drizzle over top of bars. Once bars are cool, use parchment paper or foil to lift them out of the pan and cut into squares. Bacon Jalapeno Deviled Eggs 12 large eggs, hard-boiled and peeled1 cup mayonnaise1 1/2 teaspoon rice vinegar3/4 teaspoon ground mustard1/2 teaspoon sugar6      jalapenos, seeded and diced6 pieces bacon, cooked, crisp, and crumbledPaprika, for garnish  Slice the hard boiled eggs in half, lengthwise. Remove the yolks and put them in a mixing bowlMash the egg yolks with a fork. Add the mayonnaise, rice vinegar, ground mustard, and sugar to the mashed egg yolks and stir until well combinedMix in the jalapenos and bacon. Put the mixture in a Ziploc bag and cut a small hole in the corner of the bag. Fill each egg hole with the mixture. Sprinkle with paprika. Chill until ready to serve. Serves: 24 deviled eggslast_img read more

A Three-Home Project in Wales Aims for Serious Green

first_imgWales is pursuing an aggressive low-carbon policy for residential and commercial construction, with strict requirements for energy efficiency, water consumption, and use of sustainable materials set to take effect September 1.The United Kingdom as a whole has in fact embraced residential energy efficiency and sustainability standards that are in line with the European Parliament’s vote in mid-April requiring that new buildings constructed after 2018 produce their own energy. England and Wales use what is called the Code for Sustainable Homes, a planning-system code structure that ranges from Level 1, which is the lowest rating, to Level 6, the highest. The Welsh Assembly Government’s policy will require new housing to meet, at the minimum, Level 3 standards for projects approved on or after September 1.Aiming highOne of the projects intended to kick-start Wales’ green economy, according to a story recently published by the UK-based Green Building Press, is a three-home mini development in a former steelworks in Ebbw Vale, South Wales. The project touts not only high sustainability and energy-efficiency standards, but a high degree of collaboration among its partners, which include BRE Wales, a building and research consultancy; the Welsh Assembly Government; Blaenau Gwent Council, the county governing body; and United Welsh Housing Association.The project’s first house is designed to set a high standard not only for the development but for homebuilding elsewhere in the country. It is a three-bedroom built to the Passivhaus performance standard and a Level 6 rating under the Code for Sustainable Homes. The home will feature a closed-panel timber frame system made from Welsh timber, a solar power system, and Welsh larch cladding.A second three-bedroom house, designed to meet Level 5 code requirements, will be developed by Dragonboard, which will use its own brand of panels and sheathing rather than oriented-strand board and plasterboard.The third house, a two-bedroom, also will be built to the Passivhaus (and Level 6) standard but will be clad in Welsh lime render and feature specially developed windows made in Wales with local timber.A showcase for domestically produced materialsConstruction costs for the three homes – which will serve as prototypes for future projects – range from $173 per sq. ft. to $232 per sq. ft. They’re expected to be ready for occupancy by the summer of next year and will then be monitored for performance, factoring in occupant behavior, energy costs (which are expected to be under $80 annually), energy usage by mechanical systems, air quality, heat loss, and renewable-energy sources.“We wanted to develop a range of Welsh-made construction materials and products that could meet the high sustainability criteria now essential in developing a low-carbon built environment,” BRE Wales Director Nick Tune told Green Building Press. “Most of the homes meeting high levels of sustainability in the UK use a primarily international supply chain. We have shown what can be achieved through collaboration, partnership and a positive, can-do attitude.”last_img read more

A Real Chainsaw Retrofit

first_imgWhen workers need to insulate the walls and roof of an existing building with exterior rigid foam, it often makes sense to cut off the roof overhangs first. With the eaves and rakes removed, wrapping the building in rigid foam is a snap. The missing roof overhangs can later be rebuilt by scabbing the necessary framing on the outside of the foam.First described by Brian Marshall and Robert Argue in a 1981 book, The Superinsulated Retrofit Book, this method was dubbed the “chainsaw retrofit” technique by Rob Dumont and Harold Orr, the superinsulation pioneers who cut off the eaves and rakes of a ranch house at 31 Deborah Crescent in Saskatoon in the summer of 1982.Although Orr refers to the Deborah Crescent project as a “chainsaw retrofit,” he admits that they never used a chainsaw on the job. “We used a circular saw to cut the framing — the cut was about 2 1/2 inches deep,” Orr told me. “We finished the cuts with a handsaw.”While attending the recent NESEA conference in Boston, I ran into Christian Corson, the builder responsible for a celebrated Passivhaus in Knox, Maine. Corson told me that he was now working on a chainsaw retrofit project.“Have you finished cutting off the eaves yet?” I asked Christian.“No, we’ve just started the job,” he told me.“I’ve always wanted a photo of a builder tackling a chainsaw retrofit with an actual chainsaw,” I told Christian. “How about using a chainsaw and sending me the photos?”Like most Maine builders, Corson has a chainsaw, and he was happy to oblige. Corson recently sent me an e-mail that opened with two rhetorical quesitons: “Is it 1982, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan? Or 2012, Northport, Maine? Here are some pictures of the eaves being cut off — with a chainsaw. It worked…… Start Free Trial Already a member? Log in Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details.center_img This article is only available to GBA Prime Memberslast_img read more

Digital facelift for Tripura museum

first_imgThe over-a-century-old Ujjayanta Palace of Tripura’s Manikya Kings, which houses the State museum, would be equipped with digital galleries in a bid to boost tourism, a State Minister said on Monday. The palace, built by Maharaja Radha Kishore Manikya during 1899-1901, served as the State Assembly till 2011. “We would soon install digital galleries in the museum, which would make use of projectors. I think this initiative would also attract more tourists in the museum and help promote industry in the State,” Higher Education Minister Ratan Lal Nath said.last_img read more